April 17, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County farmers may be eligible for federal assistance for crop losses that came after a long and wet winter.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared parts of California as a disaster area for unseasonable winter weather that ran from the end of February through mid-May.
Washoe County farmers may also apply for disaster benefits from the Farm Service Agency because the county borders California.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that farmers can apply for emergency loans for eight months after the disaster declaration.
The Farm Service agency judges applications based on factors including the extent of crop losses and the farmer's ability to repay.